An oil on canvas mesurantt (73X53 cm without the frame) representing pears on a table signed upper right M.Ortiz Zarate, a work of Manuel Ortiz de Zarate (1887-1946) circa 1914
Manuel Ortiz de Zárate, born (October 9, 1887 in Como, Italy, and died October 28, 1946 in Los Angeles, United States is a Chilean painter.
Born Manuel Revuelta Ortiz de Zárate in Como in Italy, he is the son of Chilean composer Eleodoro Ortiz de Zárate, and younger brother of painter Julio Ortiz de Zárate.
At the age of four, his family returned to settle in Chile. At age six he lost his mother. He received painting lessons from Pedro Lira (1845-1912) before entering the Fine Arts in Santiago.
In 1902, at the age of fifteen, he left Chile for Italy. He studied painting in Rome, copying the old masters in museums. Supported by a Spanish bishop who is painting in a museum, it survives by reproducing paintings religious motive, mainly by Guido Reni, which he sells to churches or priests. He made several trips to Paris.
In 1904, he met Amedeo Modigliani in Venice, in which he speaks of Cézanne and described the artist's life in Paris. He falls in love with Edwige Piechowska, who has just completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and extending them to Florence. Attracted by the artistic activity reigning in France, they moved in 1906 to Paris, where they will successively occupy several workshops in the Montparnasse district, including the Beehive. There, he joined the midst of finding artists Modigliani and other future major world art. Manuel Ortiz de Zárate becomes a figure of the Montparnasse district, Apollinaire speaks of him as "the only Patagonian of Paris." He painted in the Cubist style, and then under contract with the dealer Léonce Rosenberg.
In 1914, Manuel Ortiz de Zárate and Modigliani are trying to join the army, but they are turned down for health reasons. His family is expanding, he moved to 8 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere.
During the Second World War remains in France, despite the German occupation. After the war, he moved to the United States, where he died in 1946 in Los Angeles.
His daughter Laura married production designer and art director Eugene Lourie.
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